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The author of Murder on Amsterdam Avenue returns to nineteenth-century New York City to find Christmas in the air, a police detective and a midwife with love in their hearts, and a wealthy newlywed with blood on her hands ...

Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt are not the only ones who have recently tied the knot. Family friend Mrs. O'Neill was delighted when her daughter Una wed the seemingly wealthy and charming Randolph Pollock. She didn't wonder why such an affluent man would want to marry a poor Irish girl, no matter how pretty she was. But now Mrs. O'Neill has a problem.

Pollock's servants have found their employer bludgeoned to death with Una cradling his body. Rendered mute by the horror of her husband's death, Una cannot explain what happened, so the police have charged her with murder and locked her away in the Tombs to await trial.

Mrs. O'Neill would like Frank to investigate the case and save Una, yet with Frank and Sarah still on their honeymoon, it's up to the other members of their newly formed household to do some detective work. But solving the mystery behind Pollock's death means first discovering the truth about who he really is ...



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Victoria Thompson

Edgar® Nominated author Victoria Thompson writes the Gaslight Mystery Series, set in turn-of-the-century New York City and featuring midwife Sarah Brandt. Her latest is MURDER ON ST. NICHOLAS AVENUE. She also contributed to the award winning writing textbook MANY GENRES/ONE CRAFT. A popular speaker, Victoria teaches in the Seton Hill University master's program in writing popular fiction. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and a very spoiled little dog.

"Engaging characters...an enjoyable read."
--Margaret Frazer, author of The Hunter's Tale

"Turn-of-the-century New York, a courageous midwife-sleuth, a fast-paced plot, and plenty of authentic period atmosphere. Victoria Thompson has crafted another Victorian page-turner!"
--Robin Paige, author of Death in Hyde Park: A Victorian Mystery

"Victoria Thompson has a knack for putting the reader inside her character's heads, and her detailed descriptions of New York at the turn of the century bring the setting vividly to life. An intriguing plot and a surprise ending add up to a very enjoyable read."
--Kate Kingsbury, author of Paint By Murder

"Victoria Thompson is off to a blazing start"
--Catherine Coulter

"A marvelous debut mystery with compelling characters, a fascinating setting, and a stunning resolution."
--Jill Churchill, author of The Merchant of Menace

"Victoria Thompson shines ... Anne Perry and Caleb Carr fans rejoice!"
-Tamar Myers, author of The Hand that Rocks the Ladle



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